Jace Amaro has look of late first-rounder at Texas Tech’s pro day

Representatives from 20 NFL teams — including New York Jets general manager John Idzik, two members of the Green Bay Packers, and tight end coaches from the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants — were present for Texas Tech’s pro day on Friday.

A total of 13 Red Raiders players worked out outdoors on AstroTurf, which was kind of matted down and was not a good surface. But the prospects had to work outdoors because Texas Tech’s indoor facility is being renovated.

Jace Amaro, TE (6-foot-5 1/2, 266 pounds) — Amaro ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds against the wind and 4.68 with the wind. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and posted 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Former Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege did a good job of throwing to Amaro, who looked smooth running routes. Amaro could be drafted as high as late in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kerry Hyder, DT (6-2 3/8, 280) — Hyder ran the 40 in 5.10 seconds against the wind and 5.08 with the wind. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-1 broad jump.

The following players were not at the NFL Scouting Combine, but showed enough at Texas Tech’s pro day to be considered for priority free-agent pickups following the draft.

Terrance Bullitt, LB (6-2 1/2, 226) — Bullitt ran the 40 in 4.71 seconds against the wind and 4.68 with the wind. He had a 40-inch vertical jump and 10-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.18 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds. He performed 14 reps in the bench press. Bullitt is a really good athlete, but there are questions about his size and strength translating to the NFL. His athletic measurables should get him a look from an NFL team.

Will Smith, LB (6-2 1/8, 231) — Smith ran the 40 in 4.68 seconds against the wind and 4.60 seconds with the wind. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.50 seconds and the three-cone in 7.05 seconds. He had 17 strength lifts.

Kliff Kingsbury, who just completed his first season as head coach at Texas Tech, was very helpful for the NFL personnel in attendance in Lubbock, Texas.

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